What Research Reveals About Evangelical Attitudes Toward Israel

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Israel is a tiny nation that makes big news.

To help you with perspective, Israel is so small that 32 Israels would fit within the state of Texas, and only .11 percent of the world’s population lives there. However, Israel continues to spark worldwide headlines.

Just this week, international leaders continued to express anger about the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel; even the Pope is involved.

Since a recent study showed more people wished they knew more about what the Bible teaches about Israel’s future, I thought now would be a good time to highlight the results of a study about Israel.

Sponsored by Chosen People Ministries and author Joel C. Rosenberg, LifeWay Research recently asked more than 2,000 Americans with evangelical beliefs about a wide range of issues involving Israel – from its place in the Bible to its treatment of Palestinians.

Here are some of the key findings:

Most of those surveyed (67%) have a positive perception of Israel.

Younger evangelicals are more indifferent toward Israel, with no strong views, compared to those age 50+.

The Bible is the biggest influencer when it comes to perceptions about Israel today.

69% agree that the Jewish people have a historic right to the land of Israel.

41% agree that Jewish people have a biblical right to the land of Israel but also have a responsibility to share.

42% support the existence of the State of Israel but don’t feel the need to support everything Israel does.

63% say they support Israel primarily because “God gave the land of Israel to the Jewish people.”

22% are not sure if biblical promises about the land of Israel are still in force.

80% said the “rebirth” of Israel in 1948 was a fulfillment of biblical prophecy while 20% said these events were interesting geopolitical events, but they did not fulfill biblical prophecy.

Why People Support Israel:

63% said the Bible says God gave the land of Israel to the Jewish people.

60% said Israel is the historic Jewish homeland.

52% said Israel is important for fulfilling biblical prophecy.

49% said every nation has a right to exist.

43% said Israel is the United States’ closest ally in an unstable region.

42% said the Bible says Christians should support Israel.

36% said Jesus was a Jewish person.

About the Palestinians:

46% disagree and 34% are not sure that the Palestinian people have a historic right to the land of Israel.

23% say Israel should sign a treaty allowing Palestinians to have a sovereign state in the West Bank and Gaza.

59% say Christians should do more to love and care for Palestinians

73% are concerned for the safety of Christians in areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority.

Conclusion:

This May, Israel will celebrate its 70th anniversary as a nation in this modern era. As we anticipate more news developing from the Holy Land, I want to help you stay informed.

For a brief historical understanding of Israel, read my article entitled, “Why the Peace (and Pieces of) Jerusalem Are Significant.”

For an overview of Israel’s religious significance, subscribe to my blog and get your free download, “Why Jerusalem is Important to 3 World Religions.”

About the Author:

Laura Lacey Johnson is a cutting-edge faith and culture writer who focuses on everydaycropped-JohnsonLaura_Web_1483lab headlines. In addition to speaking, she is a contributor to ChristianHeadlines.com and American Family Radio. To read Laura’s latest work on the headlines, visit www.lauralaceyjohnson.com, or to download your FREE copy of Why Jerusalem is Important to 3 World Religions, subscribe to her blog here.

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